Sometimes words aren’t enough when it comes to reply to your friends’ Instagram Stories. Keeping this fact in mind, Instagram introduces a new as well as more visual way to reply to Stories. Starting today, you’ll be able to use photo and video replies for Instagram Stories.
Although the Stories feature of Instagram has been around for less than a year, it’s already thrashed Snapchat at its own game. Today, the social media platform is taking yet another whirl at its foe with a new feature that allows you to reply to Stories with a photo and video. That’s true, besides, writing a message reply, you can now use photo and video replies for Instagram Stories.
Quite eager to know how to use the new feature? Allow us to walk you through the simple steps.
Use Photo and Video Replies for Instagram Stories
Firstly, you’ll need to upgrade your Instagram app to the version 10.28 and later for Android and iOS. Now, when you’re watching a Story, you’ll see a Camera icon at the bottom of the screen. All you need to do is merely tap on the Camera icon and you’re able to snap a picture of yourself or record a video. There’is also an option to use Boomerang or Rewind with videos. Instagram writes in a blog post,
“From selfies to Boomerangs, now you can be even more fun and playful when you respond to friends.”
You can even jazz up your photo and video replies for Instagram Stories with stickers, face filters, and the Rewind mode that enables you to record in reverse. Stories last only for 24 hours, but the photo and video replies will include a Story image that you can move around or resize as per your preferences. This image will be visible even if the Story has been disappeared.
When someone replies to your Instagram Stories, you’ll receive a message right in your inbox. Once you’ve seen the reply, it will disappear from your inbox. One word of caution! Don’t try to be clever capturing a screenshot of your friend’s reply, since the Facebook-owned app will snitch on you.
This may not look like a huge feature update, but it’s probably to help boost the conversational engagement of Stories significantly. Though message/text replies are good, actually allowing users to reply with a photo or video to Instagram Stories sounds like a lot more of a compelling use case for general Stories replies.
If you’re interested in trying your hands on the new photo and video replies for Instagram Stories, you can check them out with the new update starting today.
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